His mother or father's family are Syrian Jews. Just because the inhabitants of Mexico adopted the Spanish language when the colonizers came, that doesn't render them "Spaniards" necessarily. The Jews of the Arab world may speak Arabic today, but they also hold a Jewish Aramaic and Hebrew identity that supercedes the new "Arab" one which they were only linguistically a part of.
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